Rainout delays Marlins' rollout of Opening Day lineup

Redmond had planned to start Hand and play Ichiro at DH

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Marlins brought their projected Opening Day lineup to face the Astros on Friday night. What the team didn't have an answer for was the weather.

Heavy rains caused the 6:05 p.m. ET game at Osceola County Stadium to be cancelled. The decision was made roughly 70 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

There will be no makeup date, but the two teams are slated to play on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Miami now has five Grapefruit League games remaining, plus two exhibitions with its Class A Greensboro and Double-A Jacksonville affiliates before Opening Day on April 6 against the Braves at Marlins Park.

"It's always nice the last week to get your guys in the flow of getting used to the games and playing, especially a night game, getting used to the lights a little bit," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "There is not much you can do about the weather. We've had a pretty good spring, weather-wise. It's been hot. We've got a lot of work in. It's not perfect, but that's the way it goes."

Lefty Brad Hand, who was supposed to start on Friday, now is expected to pitch on a back field in Jupiter on Saturday.

The Marlins were planning to run out their regular lineup, plus use Ichiro Suzuki as the designated hitter against the American League team.

Friday also marked the first road trip for Giancarlo Stanton this spring. The two-time All-Star had been used exclusively at home. But the hope in the final games has been to get the regulars staying together as much as possible.

As the conditions worsened Friday, Redmond had determined that his outfield trio of Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Stanton were not going to play, even if the game started as scheduled.

"We probably would have had a new team out there," Redmond said. "I told Giancarlo, 'This is the first road trip he's on. We're going to probably end up getting rained out.' He's buying dinner."

What's next:

• Washed out on Friday, the Marlins and Astros will try to get a game in on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Mat Latos is set to start for Miami. Houston is starting right-hander Roberto Hernandez. The regular Marlins' lineup is set to play in the afternoon game. Former Marlin Jake Marisnick is scheduled to make the trip for the Astros.

• Miami right-hander Jarred Cosart, resting a blister on his right middle finger, is tentatively set to throw off the mound on Sunday.

"We'll see," Redmond said. "That's a day-to-day thing on how he feels. Hopefully, that will happen, we'll see."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.